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Spitz Adds Depth To Young Offensive Line


Continuing a trend of adding depth to key positions, the Green Bay Packers took their second offensive lineman of the 2006 NFL Draft.

With the 76th overall pick, the Packers selected Jason Spitz of the University of Louisville. Spitz joins Daryn Colledge of Boise State as offensive linemen picked on draft Saturday by the Packers.

Spitz is another versatile addition to the Packers. He can play both guard positions. He started in his final 39 games at offensive guard and earned post-season honors in each of his last three seasons.

During that time he helped lead an offense that generated 5,785 yards. The Cardinals ranked ninth nationally in total offense.

The Packers, however, hope to be able use Spitz to add depth at the center position.

"My understanding is that I was drafted as a center, but I am a swing-guy so I can compete at both guard and center," Spitz said.

Spitz says he has no problem fitting into whatever role the Packers need.

"I want to do whatever it takes to get on this team. I feel comfortable playing both positions, so whatever the team needs is probably what I will do."

Spitz never did see action at Louisville at center due to offensive line injuries, but he did play center in spring practices.

"Anytime they incorporate a new system, everyone starts on the same page," Spitz said. "I have no problem learning things, so I think it will be a good opportunity for me."

The Packers have now added more youth to their offensive line. But offensive line coach Joe Philbin says he is excited about working with his new talent.

"There is a lot of youth," Philbin said. "We have a lot of guys who haven't played a lot of football on Sunday afternoons. Again, some of that youth can be an advantage for us. They are eager learners and high character individuals. We'll have to see who our best guys are going to be."

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